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Middle Eastern Migrants Part of Caravan?

President Trump's tweet this morning, suggesting Middle Eastern migrants have joined the large caravan of mostly Central Americans, is more likely than not true. Whether any are linked to terrorism is an altogether separate question he did not address, because this is a very hard thing to ever know with this traffic. A significant homeland security conundrum regarding Middle Eastern migrants moving along well established smuggling routes through Latin America is that we don't and often can't know their hearts and personal histories; often they travel with fake or no ID.

BIA Should Vacate Matter of X-K-

Especially important in light of the migrant caravan

This is a particularly salient point given the caravan of migrants from Central America. If they knew that they would not be released upon arrival in this country and passing credible fear, they would be less likely to come.

Looking for Push Factors in Central America

The pull factors are likely stronger, but at least CBP is trying

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the trip that CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan made last month to the so-called "Northern Triangle" countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The commissioner went to those countries in an attempt to assess the "push" factors that lead nationals of those countries to try to enter the United States illegally. The "pull" factors are likely stronger, but it is often difficult to separate one from the other.

Faux Identity Documents for Illegal Immigrants from the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The more accepted and acceptable such ersatz documents become for various purposes within the city, county, or state, the more they will be used as breeder documents to get real, official identification documents to create completely false identities for aliens, at least some of whom will be exactly the type of individuals the city claims that it wants to safeguard immigrant communities against: the criminals.
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